Darron Thomas threw for 238 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 117 yards and a score Saturday to lead No. 4 Oregon to a 52-31 victory over No. 9 Stanford in Eugene, Ore.
The Ducks fell behind 21-3 in the first quarter and 31-24 at halftime, but they forced two crucial turnovers in the second half to take control. LaMichael James ran for 257 yards and three touchdowns.
It was Oregon’s 13th straight win at Autzen Stadium and 10th consecutive Pac-10 victory.
The Cardinal have not won a game while ranked in the top 10 since 1970.
Saturday’s game was the first time Oregon and Stanford have faced each other as ranked teams. The Cardinal have not started a season 5-0 since 1951, when they won the Pacific Coast Conference and a Rose Bowl berth.
The game lived up to the hype as a battle of offenses. Oregon, averaging 560 yards of total offense going into the game, had 626 yards. The Cardinal had 518.
Thomas completed 20 of 29 passes but was intercepted twice.
Stanford’s Andrew Luck was 29 of 46 for 241 yards and two scores. He was also intercepted twice.
Oregon tied it at 31-31 with 8:20 to go in the third quarter on Thomas’ 6-yard keeper and the momentum shifted to the Ducks.
Midway through the quarter, Luck found receiver Chris Owusu for a 6-yard completion at midfield, but he fumbled after a hard hit by Oregon’s Javes Lewis. Eddie Pleasant scooped up the ball and returned it to the 3-yard line, and James ran it in from there for Oregon’s first lead of the game.
Owusu jogged off the field after the hit but did not return to the game. On Stanford’s first drive of the next series, Luck was intercepted by Cliff Harris and Oregon controlled the rest of the game.
Oregon State 31, Arizona State 28: Jacquizz Rodgers ran for 145 yards and two TDs and Ryan Katz threw for 260 yards and two scores to lead the Beavers over the Sun Devils in Corvallis, Ore.
Rodgers, a junior, cracked the 100-yard mark for the 16th time in his career.
Katz, making his fourth career start, had struggled with a 48.6 completion percentage. But he had his best game of the season, completing 19 of 29 passes to nine different receivers.